Which Countries Rank as the Highest Perpetrators of Child Labor in Asia Pacific Region?
Several countries in the Asia Pacific region consistently rank on lists of countries with high levels of child labor. The World Atlas published a Child Labor Index that lists the following countries as perpetrators of child labor in the Asia Pacific region:1
In Pakistan, more than 17% of the population lives in poverty, which greatly impacts child labor. Many children are sent to work in agricultural industries like farming. Others work in shrimping, fishing, automotive and processing. You’ll also find children working in industries like restaurants, transportation, glass, carpet, coal, and brick kilns.
Myanmar has around 1.5 million school-aged children involved in child labor. The main industries with child labor are agriculture, construction and small-scale industry. Poverty is considered to be the prime factor leading to the involvement of children in the workforce.
Bangladesh often tops the list of Asia Pacific countries (and often worldwide) who are perpetrators of child labor. Children in Bangladesh work in garment factories, agriculture and manufacturing. Even though there is some legislation in place to protect these children, Bangladesh remains on top of the list of the biggest perpetrators.
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1 Sen Nag, Oishimaya. “Worst Countries for Child Labor.” World Atlas. https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/worst-countries-for-child-labor.html